The kids are grown, now what?: Does Think Pink Cure Cancer?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Does Think Pink Cure Cancer?

Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon

It's October. That means we are in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the time of year that sends the breast cancer community reeling. These incredible women (and men) are fighting for their lives.  I think every one of you knows what you need to to do protect yourself. Squeeze your boobies once a month. Get to know your body so you know when there is a change. Talk to your doctor about setting up a baseline mammogram and find out when (if) you will need to start yearly follow-ups. This is common sense people. We all know the drill. Every October it is on every channel, every magazine, and many internet ads.

Let's talk about pink. Does buying that cute pink candle that you saw at the grocery store save lives? How much of the purchase price goes towards research? How much to helping out the people who are living with cancer? There is an awful lot of pink crap for sale and very little of these funds are going towards a cure.

How about those cutesy Facebook statuses Does that mysterious chain letter that you receive in your Facebook Messages that tells you to post your bra color help? NO! It makes the people that live with cancer every day angry! Your bra color does not cure cancer! Money cures cancer.

If you really want to help, go to Charity Navigator and find out how much of your donation is actually being used for research, helping patients, free mammograms instead of operating costs. Give to the organizations that use the money for research. Let's find a cure.

If you want to help call your local infusion center and ask if they can use some books, magazines, movies, games, snacks. People spend a lot of time in the infusion centers, having something to relieve the boredom can be a huge help.

If you want to help, find a breast cancer support group and call the group leader. Ask what you can do to help. Maybe you can provide a meal for a family fighting cancer or maybe some baked goods for a group meeting.

I bet that you know someone who is currently fighting breast cancer or has survived breast cancer. Ask them what you can do to help. LET'S CURE BREAST CANCER!


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